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    Detached House
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    Availability: Starting in June
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    Sleeps 6 People
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    3 Bedrooms
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    2 Bathrooms
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    Pool - Exclusive
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    Internet: Wifi Available
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    Table Tennis
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    Owner lives nearby
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    No Pets Allowed
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    River Dordogne 400m
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    • English, French, Dutch
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    No Smoking
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    Walk to the town & Supermarket
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  • Les Bouysses sleeps up to 6 people in 3 bedrooms, and has a pool which is exclusive to guests

    Overlooking vineyards, Les Bouysses is on the edge of Duravel, a small town about midway between Cahors and Villeneuve Sur Lot. It sits at the end of a cul de sac off a quiet no through road that leads down to the river. 

    Duravel is on the road between Villeneuve Sur Lot and Cahors which runs along the Lot valley, and is an excellent location to explore the countryside. 

    With views across fields and vineyards, it is extremely peaceful, and a quiet break is assured. 

    views across the fields

    It is also midway along the Vallée du Lot cycle route that runs along the Lot valley, and the route can be accessed within 200m of the house,. The river plain of the Lot is wide and long, and there are miles of quiet country roads through vineyards to explore. For more testing cycling, immediately north of Duravel the landscape rises into the chestnut covered hills of the southernmost Périgord and Bouriane, or across the river and over the ridge is the beautiful rolling countryside of the Quercy Blanc around Tournon d'Agenais and Montaigu de Quercy. 

  • Entering through the gates there is a large gravelled courtyard area with space for parking and games such as boules or badminton

    Entering the front door, you are in the DINING ROOM with large dining table, seating 6 comfortably.  There is a wood burner. 

    Off the Dining room is access to the 1st floor Master Suite, the Kitchen and the Sitting room. 

    In the SITTING ROOM  is the Television and comfortable seating arranged around the woodburner, and there is also a desk for anyone requiring to work. A door opens onto the courtyard.

    There is a POOL TABLE at the rear of this area

    Sitting room  

    There are TWO DOUBLE BEDROOMS on separate mezzanines on opposite sides of the building above the Sitting Rooms with blinds and screens. One of these has a supplementary single bed to offer some flexibility with accommodation. 

    The DOWNSTAIRS BATHROOM and also a separate WC are between the Sitting Room and the Dining Room. 

    Stairs up from the Dining Room lead to the MASTER BEDROOM SUITE, with double bedroom, including TV, en suite bathroom with shower and wc and a walk in Wardrobe/ Dressing room

    Master ensuite bathroom

    The well equipped KITCHEN includes oven, induction hob, dishwasher, microwave and a good selection of equipment. This kitchen is all electric, but in the adjacent CONSERVATORY there is a second kitchen with gas hob, fridge and workspace. 

    The Conservatory overlooks the pool, and sliding doors open directly onto the pool terrace. On sunny winter afternoons this south and west facing conservatory is extremely pleasant to sit in, or if kept closed on sunny spring and autumn afternoon the residual heat lasts well into the evening of the cooler days.

    A cot and high chair are available on the premises.

  • Outdoors at Les Buoysses there is plenty of space within the fenced garden which is is secured by an electric gate. 

    The main outdoor feature is the 8 x 4m pool, exclusive to Guests, which has integral steps and also a hard cover for security. 
    The shaded conservatory overlooks the pool, or there are nearby trees and shrubs offering shade making pool supervision easy where there are younger children using the pool. 

    A table tennis table, a trampoline and a pool table are included, and there is also a level grassed area for ball games 

    Grass area

    Beside the door from the yard into the Sitting room is large built in barbecue, and there is also a gas plancha available for outdoor cooking. Tables and sunshades are provided for eating outdoors, and the patio outside the kitchen window is a perfect place to enjoy an outdoor summer breakfast in the morning sun. 

     It is a short walk or cycle ride to the old Fumel to Cahors railway line, parts of which have been converted into cycle and footpaths, and this is where cyclists join the Vallée du Lot cycle route 

    A walk of 5 minutes will get you into Duravel with a reasonable selection of shops, groceries and restaurants available, including an excellent boulangerie for the freshest breakfast bread. For supermarkets and larger shops, there is a very large E Leclerc store at Montayral about 5km away, or other supermarkets and shops at Fumel and Prayssac a little further away. 

    There are also excellent markets nearby: The Thursday market at Monsempron-Libos is a large general market for all things you could think of, and the Prayssac Market on Fridays is known for its excellent selection of quality foods, both fresh and cooked. 

    Also there is a charging station for electric cars behind the Town Hall, which is a 5 minute walk from the property.

  • Much activity in the area surrounds the river Lot with kayaking, fishing, boat trips and more available at several points along the river. 

    Les Buoysses is midway along the Vallée du Lot cycle route that runs along the Lot valley, and the route can be accessed within 200m of the house, or for more testing cycling, immediately north of Duravel the landscape rises into the chestnut covered hills of the southernmost Périgord and Bouriane, or across the river and over the ridge is the beautiful rolling countryside of the Quercy Blanc around Tournon d'Agenais and Montaigu de Quercy.  Bicycles can be hired locally if you do not have your own. 

    Les Bouysses overlooks vineyards, and one of the nearest neighbours is the Clos du Chene winery which is open for tasting and purchase of its wines. Clos du Chene is just one of literally hundreds of wineries within a few miles of Duravel, close to the heart of the Cahors AOC wine-producing area with a reputation for deep red wines principally from Malbec grapes. 

    local produceThis area of southwest France with a range of soils is ideal for a wide range of fruits, vegetables, and other crops: besides acres of soft fruit orchards, you will see nut groves, fields of melons, vegetables, and course sunflowers and cereals. 

    All of these will be available at local markets held somewhere near every day of the week: Prayssac market on a Friday has the finest selection of food vendors of any market in the area, and Montsempron Libos on a Thursday the widest selection of stalls of all types. 

    Much food also finds its way into restaurants, and there is a very good choice of places to eat out at very reasonable prices. 


    Duravel is an excellent base to travel in any direction with the spectacular limestone features and caves to the east around Cahors, the level Vale of Garonne to the west, the chestnut covered hills of the Périgord Noir and Bouriane to the north, and the rolling countryside of the Quercy Blanc to the south. It is an area rich in history, natural history and more to keep the inquisitive and observant happy. 

    For a city experience, Toulouse with its history, food and aerospace is around 90 minutes away by car, and Bordeaux, arguably the wine capital of the world, a little further: Both have riches of architecture and culture and plenty to explore. 

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    Modern family friendly house ideally located between Prayssac and Fumel - village amenities within walking distance
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    'Les Bouysses was lovely and we had a fantastic holiday. '
    Janet S, July 2022 (4 week stay)
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    'The facilities in the house were excellent. I love to cook so it was a delight to have such a well equipped kitchen'
    Janet S, July 2022 (4 week stay)
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    'So many gorgeous villages. We cycled or walked almost every day. The tourist info in Puy l’Eveque has a brilliant pack of walk routes for 9€ all quite near the house. Cahors definitely worth a visit as is the castle at Bonaguil. '
    Janet S, July 2022

Availability & Booking

  • Les Bouysses

    Please ensure your departure and arrival dates are Saturday to Saturday. Or for other options, please contact us.
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  • Booking notes

    Linen & Towels -  Bed linen and Towels are included in the price of your booking.  Pool towels and baby linen are not included unless otherwise stated. 

    Arrival & Departure - Guest are requested not to arrive before 16h00 on the day of arrival, and to depart by 10h00 on the day of departure.   

    Cleaning -  a cleaning charge of £100 applies to all bookings. Guests are requested to leave the property in the same state of cleanliness as it was found, and to co-operate with any departure requests from the Managers. 

    Winter Heating - Heating supplement for bookings from Oct 1st - March 31st - €150EUR / £120GBP per week

    Security Deposit -  A Security Deposit of £500 will be added to your invoice.  This will normally be repaid, in full or part, during the week after your booking ends.  

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How To Book

Making a provisional booking - Choose a currency and then click on the start date of your holiday, then on the departure date. A pop-up box will appear with the price & availability. (Note mandatory changeover dates for some seasons.) Click "BOOK NOW" that will show the provisional booking form to fill out.  You will then see the price but you will not be asked to make payment at this time. 

Your completed provisional booking form will be acknowledged, and we will confirm availability with the Property Managers.  Once confirmed, we will request a DEPOSIT, 20% of the Rental, and hold your booking for up to 3 days. 

The booking is complete when your deposit is received. Then you will receive an Invoice for the balance plus Security Deposit and any extra items ordered, to be paid no less than 8 weeks before Arrival date (or immediately if the booking is less than 8 weeks away) 

When payment of the invoice is received, directions and access information for the property will be sent.

Payment can be made in £GBP, €EUR or $USD via bank transfer or credit credit. (UK debit cards are also accepted.)  For any other payment method - please contact us 

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  • BBQ - Charcoal
  • Family Friendly
  • Fenced Garden
  • Fireplace
  • Fishing within 3km
  • Footpaths /Chemin near
  • Internet - Wifi (See Terms)
  • Location - hamlet
  • Open all year
  • Pets accepted
  • Pool - Exclusive
  • Pool - Hard Cover
  • Supermarket Nearby
  • Table Tennis
  • TV - Unspecified
  • Walk to the boulangerie
  • Wineries nearby

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